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Poster: hgoodall Date: Feb 15, 2012 4:59pm
Forum: openimages Subject: I am attempting the repair of Glass Plate Negatives and other material

I have hundreds of pictures from my Grandfather including postcards and other paper articles. I will be scanning three huge photo albums of this material. Some of it is in rather poor shape due to its age. Also included are receipts, tax bills and other papers. I believe these will be of use to some historian of local tristate history

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Poster: Mr Cranky Date: Feb 15, 2012 5:46pm
Forum: openimages Subject: Re: I am attempting the repair of Glass Plate Negatives and other material

Which tristate area are you referring to?
And some quick tips for scanning old glass negatives. Many scanners can scan upside down and on some the scanner light can be turned off. Place a lightbox behind the negative and use a dark scanner to acquire the image if possible. Always keep the glass negative flat with the emulsion up when scannig and watch out for heat from the lamp on the film. Place the negative on the light box or if front lit from the scanner use a white paper background. Use small wood blocks or make a stand to keep the scanner from actually touching the negative.
Do range tests of your scanner first. One of my inexpensive scanners can scan 600DPI clearly through a glass cover from up to 1 inch away. If you are scanning more than one or two negatives, make a jig to hold them and be careful of your negatives! It is difficlt but not impossible to scan the crumbs of emulsion and rebuild the image in a paintshop type program, but I dont suggest it.
Sorry for the bad grammar but I said quick.

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Poster: hgoodall Date: Feb 16, 2012 5:18am
Forum: openimages Subject: Re: I am attempting the repair of Glass Plate Negatives and other material

See the ones that I had did thus far. I know how the scanner works. I am what you could say a scientist stuck in the wrong century. My scanner is a Dell V500. I have it set on the highest resolution possible. I correct the image with adobe photoshop CS5